[Air-l] 2003 Carl Couch Internet Research Award
Mark D. Johns
johnsmar at luther.edu
Fri Jun 6 13:56:24 PDT 2003
DECORAH, Iowa; June 6, 2003 –- The Carl Couch Center for
Social and Internet Research (CCCSIR) is pleased to announce
the winners of the 2003 Carl Couch Award for Internet
Research. The Couch Award is presented annually to
recognize competitive papers produced by students at
undergraduate or graduate level who make use of the theories
and/or methodologies of social research advocated by the
late Carl J. Couch, founder of the "New Iowa School" of
The winning paper is "Social Interaction and Meaning
Construction among [Pro-Anorexic] Community Websites" by
Camille Johnson, M.A. candidate, University of Illinois at
Chicago Department of Communication.
The Runner Up is "A/S/L Everyone!: The Presence of the Body
in Web-Based Chat Rooms" by Sarah Michele Ford, Ph.D.
candidate in sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Third place paper is "Virtual Religion: a Study of
Spiritual Webmasters" by Terra McDaniel, based on her M.A.
thesis, University of Houston, Department of Sociology.
CCCSIR congratulates these winners, who have been invited
to present their papers at the annual meeting of the
Association of Internet Researchers, to be held this year in
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 16-19 2003. Award
certificates and cash prizes will be presented at the
The Carl Couch Center is an organization of friends and
former students of Carl J. Couch, long time professor of
sociology at the University of Iowa. The Center is devoted
to advancing the scholarship initiated by Dr. Couch, and to
continuing his passion for his students and their research
efforts. The Center provides networking opportunities and
collaboration information for students and scholars who
conduct social and Internet research inspired by Couch's
work. By promoting interdisciplinary exchanges, the Center
seeks to engage the scholars, citizens, and industry
partners in social and Internet research. For more
information, see http://www.cccsir.org
Mark D. Johns, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor of Communication/Linguistics,
Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
"Get the facts first. You can distort them later."
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